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Autism and 'Rain Man'


Autism and 'Rain Man'

Researcher examines the representation of autism in the classic film. Egenis researcher Dr Ginny Russell took part in the ‘Sickness on the Screen’ series of Screen Talks at the Exeter Picturehouse last Monday (22 April). Dr Russell introduced Barry Levinson's Rain Man (1988), a film that both raised awareness of autism and yet attracted criticism from the autism community for leading to a common stereotype that all people with autism have savant skills. An informal discussion in the bar after the screening touched on these issues, as well as discussing the film and its portrayal of the ‘autistic hero’ (played by Dustin Hoffman). .

By E Genis, UK.

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